Is Kendrick Lamar Gonna Be The Savior Of Hip Hop?

Posted: August 13, 2013 in Music

(Song sucks but Kendrick’s verse gets serious at 4:30)

So Kendrick Lamar’s verse on this song has been going viral because he called himself “The King of New York,” and basically called out all of the best rappers in the game right now by name. For those of you who don’t know or don’t care, this is pretty big news in the rap game. You don’t go around saying you’re the King of New York unless A) you’re from New York and B) you’re name is Jay-Z or Nas. So needless to say, a relatively new artist who’s from Compton making such a bold claim might ruffle some feathers.

But I couldn’t be happier about this. For anyone who doesn’t know, I’m what we in the community call a hip-hop head. I get my rocks off listening to incredible hip hop that usually doesn’t see the light of day. Diggin’ in the crates is what I do. I’ve only recently hopped on the Kendrick Lamar bandwagon. I downloaded his album “Good Kid, mADD City” about a month ago and it’s straight fire. The dude is versatile as fuck and really tells a good story. So I’ve got respect for him as not only a rapper, but as an artist. When I heard that he called out everyone from Drake to Mac Miller to Nas and Jay-Z, I was a little skeptical at first. But then I read a tweet from none other than P. Diddy (or Diddy or Puffy. I don’t know what we call him nowadays). He said that this is good for hip hop because the whole genre was founded on competition and battles only raise the level of performance. And I think Diddy might know a little something about great rap battles.

It’s so true, though. The 90’s were the best years in hip hop because you had a bunch of young, talented rappers duking it out for the crown. They took shots at each other (literally), and didn’t shy away from the battle aspect. Nowadays it’s like rappers are hand picked from a pool of potential candidates waiting to be the next star. When MTV wants to make you famous and dub you as the next great rapper, they’ll do it. Nobody rises through the ranks the old fashioned way by battling over a simple boom bap beat anymore. Can anyone really imagine Drake, Wale, or J.Cole going one on one with the likes of Big L, Biggie, Nas or Tupac? Fuck no. They’d be frozen like a couple Papa Doc’s going up against those legends. And I like most of the new guys Kendrick called out. I’m not hating on them. I just think most of them are soft lyrically. So to see someone finally come out hard throwing hay makers at everyone in sight is truly refreshing. Kendrick, I’ll follow you on your crusade to bring hip hop back to the golden age. I’m in LA, you’re in Compton. We’re a match made in hip hop heaven. Wanna be bros?


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